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Friday, 31 May, 2002, 14:32 GMT 15:32 UK
Cameroon's hike to glory
Cameroon v England
Cameroon have had a good World Cup build-up

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After two days and almost 1500 kilometres through hills, tunnels and bridges, I reached Cameroon's training camp.

The Indomitable Lions have chosen the most reclusive of locations, Nakatsue village to prepare for the World Cup.

It will be hard to convince anyone that the Cameroonians are here to complete the numbers.

Erected at the summit of the Nakatsue mountain range is the Taio Sports centre.

It takes the duration of a football match on a bus to get to the facility.

Fortress Cameroon

Five hundred metres from the complex, a squadron of police officers keep unwanted visitors away.

The Lions' only neighbours are the 1300 inhabitants of Nakatsue.

To facilitate media coverage, a press centre was opened but journalists are only allowed inside the base for the first 15 minutes of selected training sessions.

Compared to previous World Cup build-ups, the Lions seem to be focussed on the task at hand.

Their opponents would be well advised to respect the central Africans determination to leave a mark on this year's tournament.


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